Bullettes Septet at the Carlyle Club June 24!

setptet_template_jttb2For those of you who are interested in my performance schedule, I will be playing with a septet version of my all-female big band “Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes” on Tuesday, June 24th at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA. This will be a swing dance in conjunction with Gotta Swing! This time we’ll be joined by the illustrious Jessica Boykin-Settles on vocals! This is a swing dance so bring your dancin’ shoes and good spirits. There is a $10 cover and the dance starts at 9:00 pm and runs till 10:30 pm. Come on out for a swingin’ good time! The Carlyle Club is located at 411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA. Personnel for June 24th include: Jessica Boykin-Settles, Vocals; Halley Shoenberg, Alto Sax; Megan Nortrup, Tenor Sax; Shannon Gunn, Trombone; Miki Yamanaka, Piano; Nathan Kawaller, Bass; Tony Martucci, Drums! What a fantastic group of musicians!

JazzCast Episode 13: Bria Skonberg!

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Hi everyone! I am extremely excited to bring you this interview with the amazing Bria Skonberg!! I was able to catch her in between shows and appointments on this past Tuesday and wanted to put up her interview quickly so I could let you all know she is in the DC metro area on Thursday, June 19th, at the Bethesda Jazz and Blues Club! 

I met Bria about 4 years ago as I sat in with a band at the DCLX Lindy Hop Competition. I was impressed with her lead chops and her familiarity with the repertoire of that era. Then, I noticed she was playing with her band at the Takoma Park Jazz Festival as part of their “jazzy women” theme this year (2014.) My all-female big band “Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes” was also playing the time slot before hers, so I went ahead and asked if she might sit in with us on a tune. To my surprise, she said “yes!” She sang “All of Me” and then took a smokin’ trumpet solo. It was so much fun to work with her! Eventually the footage from that festival will be available on the Takoma Park station, from what I understand.

Anyway, this is the first interview I’ve had with a signed artist. I am so humbled that she agreed to get on the phone with me and allowed us the opportunity to hear portions of her new album. If you want to hear the whole song, please buy her album from Random Act Records, iTunes, or download it from her website at http://briaskonberg.com. I encourage everyone to support indie artists and boutique record labels so that they can continue to make the music we all love! My favorite is her “mash-up” of Sir Duke and Three Little Words. Genius arrangement! I hope you enjoy!

Also, you might notice I will be putting up new podcasts more regularly now. My job as a teacher just got a LOT easier so be ready for a new episode every Tuesday over the summer! Or more!

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JazzCast Ep. 12: Brent Birckhead!

birck_header.jpgToday we welcome to the JazzCast Brent Birckhead, jazz saxophonist and NY/DC musician extraordinaire! Please enjoy his music and his infectious spirit.  Thanks for listening!

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